Telangana a major force in seed exports
Hyderabad: Telangana State emerged as the major force in seeds exports and certification programme within a short span of time, Principal Secretary for Agriculture C Parthasarathi said here on Tuesday.
Addressing a practical training session of International OECD Seed Certification programme, he said earlier the State was the designated authority for certifying seeds produced in four States, but considering the commendable job by the State, the Centre appointed TS as the certifying agency for ten States across the country which was a remarkable achievement.
Explaining the TS growth in seed production as per OECD standards, he said during 2016-17 for the first time in the country, Telangana cultivated seeds in 2,251 acres and exported 17,000 quintals to countries like Sudan, Egypt, Philippines and in 2017-18, it expanded cultivation to 2,567 acre and was expecting yield of 26,000 quintals.
He wanted to tap the potential across the globe for supplying certified seeds from the country. “India in general and Telangana in particular has the varied climatic zones which are helpful for production of variety of seeds on a large scale,” Parthasarathi said, adding that there was tremendous potential to export seeds to neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.
On the practical training programme, he said seed certification agency directors from 15 States, four Universities, ten private seed companies and two officials from National Seed Corporation were taking part in the five day programme. He said it was in continuation of the theoretical training programme held in November last here. The Principal Secretary who is also national level task force joint secretary observed that there was no data base in the country on seed production.
“Till now, no government had any information on which company was producing what and where they were exporting. It is essential to have a data base on seed sector,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Union government Deputy Secretary RK Trivedi hailed Telangana government’s efforts and congratulated Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and department officials for taking interest to develop the State as the seed bowl of the country. “I am sure TS will definitely get recognition globally and become a seed hub,” he said.
State Seed Certification Agency Director Dr K Keshavulu said the State had taken up various initiatives to make TS number one in the seed sector. Since the formation of the new State, Telangana had so far organised four international conferences on OECD seed certification system and training both public and private seed agencies as per OECD standards, he said.
International Seed Certification experts from United Kingdom Gerry Hall and Eddie Goldschagg from South Africa will give practical training on seed certification during the five day programme.